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Obama Film In The Works, Tika Sumpter Cast To Play Michelle

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It’s a love story for the ages — Barack and Michelle’s first date! The story has been told many times before, but now it’s heading to the big screen.

As it’s been told by the President, he had his sites set on a young Michelle Obama (née Robinson) when he embarked on a summer job at Chicago law firm where Robinson was a lawyer and his boss. After some convincing, the two went on a date and visited the Art Institute, took a long walk, and caught a showing of Spike Lee’s, Do The Right Thing.

According to Deadline, the beautiful love story will now be a movie titled, Southside With You. “Southside With You, a drama in the vein of Before Sunrise, chronicles the summer 1989 afternoon when the future President of the United States of America wooed his future First Lady on an epic first date across Chicago’s South Side,” the website states.

Casting for the film has already begun with Tika Sumpter scoring the role of Michelle Obama. Sumpter will also serve as one of the executive producers of the film as well. As of right now, no one has been cast to play young Barack, but “The Guardian” speculated possible stars could include Drake, Michael B. Jordan or even “Saturday Night Live” Obama impersonator Jay Pharaoh.

Filming is set to begin in July on location in Chicago.

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Watch: Julia Roberts And Owen Wilson Give Advice To Their 10-Year-Old Selves

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To say Wonder is a must see movie is an understatement! Not only will the film touch you and inspire you to be a better person, it will also entertain you from start to finish.

But don’t take our word for it. HipHollywood sat down with the film’s stars Julia Roberts and Owen Wilson who shared their excitement to bring this heartwarming story to life and how they channeled their real-life parenting skills into the role.

“I think we felt a responsibility to be authentically parents and authentically parents to these two kids, said the 50 year old mother of three. “And I think that’s why you really believe these four people are family and are really having this experience together.”

In the film based on the NY times best seller, Roberts and Wilson play the parents of a teenage daughter (Izabela Vidovic) and 10-year-old boy (Jacob Tremblay) with facial differences entering mainstream elementary school for the first time.

When asked if they had any advice for their ten year old selves, Roberts said: “I have a ten year old son and I tell him to run.”

Meanwhile Wilson says he remembers 5th grade vividly, and enjoyed having his brother Andrew Wilson at the same school to protect him. “It helped so much having an older brother who was already at the school, so that would be the advice I’d give, have a cool older brother.”

Wonder hits theaters November 17, just one day before Wilson’s 49th birthday. 

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